Literary nonfictionist Mary Cappello and poet Peter Covino interview each other on the matter of “beauty” in their work and the work they love to read; on anti-beauty, un-beauty, disruptive beauty, and uncontained beauty in poetry and the essay. On trauma and poetic practice; on writing violence and literary nonfiction; on letting the wild in; on queer Italian/Americana; on the contrapuntal and distillate forms; on lyrical space, confluent energies, writing light. And plaid. The conversation was recorded at the University of Rhode Island December 2012, by Justin H. Brierley for The Beauty Salon, a radio program that explores everyday aesthetics in and around Rhode Island.
Poet, translator, and editor Peter Covino is associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Rhode Island. He is the author of the poetry collections, The Right Place to Jump (2012), and Cut Off the Ears of Winter (2005) both from W. Michigan University Press, New Issues; and the co-editor of Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture (2012) from Bordighera Press, CUNY. His prizes include the 2007 PEN American/ Osterweil Award for emerging poets and the Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence (2013).